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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 3 2018

HARROLD BOVEN

News

My name is Harrold Boven and I have lived in Emo for more than 30 years. I have worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Forest fire management for more than 37 years.

Currently, I am a coach driver for New Gold.

As a councillor, I hope to build on my vision where everyone would want to take up residence, start a business, and raise a family in Emo.

Paramedic given honour

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Press Release

The Rainy River District Social Services Board is pleased to announce that Rainy River District Paramedic Service paramedic John (Jack) Kellar received the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal on Thursday, Sept. 20 in London, Ont.

Breastfeeding to be celebrated tomorrow

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Duane Hicks

There's nothing as natural as a mother breastfeeding her child.

In honour of “World Breastfeeding Week,” a special event will be held tomorrow (Oct. 4) to support the right of children to breastfeed anywhere, anytime.

Fall cattle sale sees great support

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Sam Odrowski

Cattle from across the district were auctioned off Saturday at the Stratton sales barn during a fall cattle show held by the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association.

More than 1,600 head came through the ring, generating more than $1.93 million for local farmers.

“It was a pretty good sale,” said RRCA member and sales barn volunteer Kim Jo Bliss.

Series of indigenous arts workshops debuts

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Duane Hicks

Nothing brings people together like learning and creating side by side.

Local partners held their first of what will be an ongoing series called “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community” on Saturday with ribbon skirt-making at the Seven Generations Education Institute here.

20th pumpkin festival lauded by organizers

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Sam Odrowski

The 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival came to Hannam Park on Saturday for a day of fun contests, games, shopping, and prizes.

The cold weather may have kept some folks at home but the event still saw a great level of support, with about 150 people coming through the park.

“It was very successful," said festival president Valerie Leininger. "Cold but successful.”

Coat giveaway on again

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Staff

The Associates of Ste. Marguerite d'Youville once again are looking to help make sure no one goes cold this winter.

The group will hold its annual coat drive later this month.

The public is encouraged to drop off clean, used winter coats in good condition—for men, women, and children—at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (the old CN station) on Oct. 22-23 from 1-4 p.m.

BRENDAN LONEY

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If voted in as a councillor of Emo, I plan on making the township, its bylaws, and its employees accountable to the taxpayer.

I will push for the creation of strict job descriptions and minimum requirements be met for our town employees. I will influence decisions made by council to make economical, attainable, and well-informed decisions aimed at future growth.

WARREN TOLES

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After being raised on a farm in a small community in Saskatchewan, I went on to earn a degree in agriculture from the U. of S. As a professional agrologist, my career has included jobs in both government and business dealing with various aspects of the agriculture industry.

Series of indigenous arts workshops debuts

News
Duane Hicks

Nothing brings people together like learning and creating side by side.

Local partners held their first of what will be an ongoing series called “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community” on Saturday with ribbon skirt-making at the Seven Generations Education Institute here.

CARMON 'DUSTY' SHEPPARD

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Hello, my name is Carmon Sheppard. Most people in the district know me as “Dusty.”

I moved to Emo in 1965. I have been married for 48 years, and have two children and six grandchildren.

Hospital auxiliary tea looking for support

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Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Emo and District Hospital Auxiliary will be holding its annual fall tea, bazaar, and bake sale on Friday, Oct. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Emo Legion.

Donations of baking and other items would be appreciated.

Admission will be $5 at the door and there will be draws, a white elephant table, and crafts.

Correction

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In a story last Wednesday about the 40th anniversary of the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, one of the names mentioned who made the dream of Fort Frances having its own museum come true was incorrect.

Irvin S. Livingston should have been listed among the names, not Earl Livingston.

The Times regrets any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

LINCOLN DUNN

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I'm Lincoln Dunn and I'm grateful for the opportunity to run for Emo's town council.

Classes learn about mining

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Sam Odrowski

The Grade 4 class at St. Francis School here received an in-depth presentation about what goes on at the New Gold mine north of Barwick this past Thursday.

Students at Our Lady of the Way School also sat in on the presentation via videoconference.

Cash calendar winners

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There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Sept. 23-29 were Dean Cameron (Coniston, Ont.), Lenora Gustafson (Stratton), Bill Galusha (Fort Frances), Henry Caouette (Atikokan), Chelsea Miller (Pinewood), Ron Cameron (Atikokan), and Mary Nault (Atikokan).

Harvest supper big hit

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Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The annual harvest supper hosted by Guthrie United Church on Sunday was another huge success.

More than 300 people from across the district attended.

A delicious meal was served and much socializing took place.

Newspapers do matter

News
Debbie Ballard

Recently, the Fort Frances Museum finished up the enormous job of digitizing every edition of the Fort Frances Times, beginning with the 1896 editions.

Fire safety day set for Saturday

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will hold its Fall Fire Safety Day this Saturday (Oct. 6) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Canadian Tire.

Fall Fire Safety Day always is the kick-off for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), Fire Prevention Capt. Wayne Riches told the Times.

VINCENT SHEPPARD

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I would like to introduce myself, Vince Sheppard, as a candidate for mayor of the Municipality of Emo.

I am a long-time resident of Emo, moving here in 1966 from Parry Sound, Ont. when I was 16. I attended Fort Frances High School, graduating in 1968.

LORI-ANN SHORTREED

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I have had the wonderful opportunity to live and raise my family in Emo for the past 25 years.

I have been actively involved in the community for many years, and have had the pleasure of meeting many residents young and old. Emo has been, and will continue to be, an amazing place to live, work, and play.

HAROLD McQUAKER

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My name is Harold McQuaker and I am running for the position of mayor of the Town of Emo in the upcoming election.

I was born and raised in Rainy River District and have made Emo my home for 45 years. My wife, Shirley, and I raised our two boys here and their children are growing up in Emo, as well.

MICHAEL LONEY

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My name is Michael Loney and I am running for the position of mayor in the Township of Emo's municipal election.

Having been born and raised in Emo, I have a strong desire to see this community continue to grow and prosper. I have been privileged over the last four years to serve Emo as an elected councillor and deputy mayor.

Duo top LaBelle's tourney

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Staff

Jason Cain and Dan Tucker had a three-fish total of 14.22 pounds to snare the annual Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic title held Saturday at La Belle's Birch Point Camp on Northwest Bay.

The duo also weighed in the biggest fish of the one-day tournament—a 5.31-pound lunker.

Fire safety day set for Saturday

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will hold its Fall Fire Safety Day this Saturday (Oct. 6) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Canadian Tire.

Fall Fire Safety Day always is the kick-off for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), Fire Prevention Capt. Wayne Riches told the Times.

Voter kits in the mail

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Duane Hicks

Local electors have begun receiving voter information letters in the mail but they'll have to wait until at least Oct. 15 to actually vote.

“If you haven't received yours yet, there's potentially more being mailed,” Fort Frances clerk and returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times

Cranberry Peatlands trail being extended

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Sam Odrowski

The Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail's boardwalk currently is being extended 330 feet, with the work expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Members of the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalist Club have been volunteering their time to lay in the cedar boards onto the trail located in Alberton.

Duo top LaBelle's tourney

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Staff

Jason Cain and Dan Tucker had a three-fish total of 14.22 pounds to snare the annual Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic title held Saturday at La Belle's Birch Point Camp on Northwest Bay.

The duo also weighed in the biggest fish of the one-day tournament—a 5.31-pound lunker.

Lakers looking to play tougher hockey

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers have started the season strong in winning three of their first four games, but playing a more physical brand of hockey is something head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan is hoping his squad will adapt to.

Fort Frances (3-1-0-0) won its home-opener 6-5 over the Minnesota Iron Rangers (0-3-0-0) on Friday night on the back of Noah Loveday's late goal.

Muskie golfers hope for home-course advantage

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Jamie Mountain

It is one day to rule them all.

That was the mindset of the Muskie golf team ahead of the NWOSSAA championships yesterday at Kitchen Creek here (outcomes weren't known as of press time).

No previous season scores count at NWOSSAA, meaning anything can happen if you get hot and shoot well enough­.

Muskie runners setting sights on 'Turkey Trot'

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Jamie Mountain

With how successful the Muskie cross-country team has been so far this season, it's no wonder they're ready for a new challenge.

Junior look to rebound from tough loss

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Jamie Mountain

Losing is tough and no team ever wants to go through the range of emotions after suffering a defeat.

It's even tougher when you're a basketball team and lose on a buzzer-beater after fighting back from a late seven-point deficit.

Mixed results for Owls' spike squads

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Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls' senior and junior boys' volleyball teams have gotten off to much different starts early on in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season.

The senior squad roared out of the gate in winning both of its road matches last week against the Pelican Falls Timberwolves and Sioux Lookout Warriors.

Senior hoopsters starting to get on a roll

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Jamie Mountain

The Muskie senior girls' basketball team has made quite the statement lately.

After dominating at a one-day exhibition tournament in Dryden back on Sept. 21, scoring 50-plus points each game while going a perfect 4-0, the black-and-gold kept that momentum going last Tuesday in NorWOSSA play against the host Kenora Broncos.

Arpin takes third in season-finale

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Staff

Steve Arpin capped the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) season by placing third in the World Rallycross USA held over the weekend at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Tex.

Scott Speed of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross claimed the title while teammate Tanner Foust did all he could in the last round by taking the victory and maximum points in Texas.

Junior spikers sweep Broncos

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Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior boys' volleyball team is showing game-by-game that it is a force to be reckoned with this season.

The black-and-gold improved to 2-0 in NorWOSSA play with a sweep of the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday (Sept. 25).

Set scores were 25-13, 25-22, and 25-11.

“Our game went well yesterday," Muskie head coach Terry "Goose” McMahon enthused last Wednesday.

Fastball leagues present awards

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Staff

The best and brightest that the local fastball leagues had to offer this season were celebrated Saturday night as the men's and women's leagues held their combined awards banquet at the Stratton Recreation Centre.

Travis Tom, with the back-to-back Rainy River District Fastball League champion Fort Frances Braves, was king as he was named the Gerry Harasymyk Award winner as MVP.

Sunrise, sunset times

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Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Oct. 4-10:

Owls' hoopsters off to perfect starts

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Jamie Mountain

It was monkey see, monkey do last week for both the Rainy River Owls' senior and junior girls' basketball teams.

Both squads defeated the host Pelican Falls Timberwolves and Sioux Lookout Warriors to start the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season with identical 2-0 records.

The senior hoopsters opened play with an impressive 36-18 win over the Timberwolves last Wednesday.

Football Muskies aim for strong finish to season

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Jamie Mountain

The black-and-gold have been beating their opponents “black-and-blue” on the gridiron over the last few weeks—and it's a trend they hope continues.

The Muskies roared to their third-straight win Friday afternoon with a 41-0 rout of the host Lorette Scorpions, improving their WHSFL record to 3-1 in the process.

Veggie display

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Adeline Trenchard won “Best Harvest Display” at the Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival that took place Saturday at Hannam Park. Unique vegetables and ones of notable size were judged and winners awarded with a cash prize.

Bridge construction

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Sam Odrowski

The new international bridge between Rainy River to Baudette currently is under construction in a co-ordinated effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The project, which started started in June, will replace the old bridge linking the two communities.

Ribbon workshop

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Duane Hicks

Taryn Bruyere used a sewing machine to stitch ribbon onto her skirt Saturday afternoon during a workshop at the Nanicost building. Instructor Dorothy Friday taught the session, which was just the first in a series of “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community.”

Big pumpkin

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Kendra Trenchard showed off the 281-pound pumpkin she grew for the 20th-annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Rainy River that took Saturday at Hannam Park. The youngster landed third place for the heaviest pumpkin in the junior category. She was awarded $100 for her handwork, tending to her giant pumpkin during the growing season.

Selling wares

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Barb Rousseau, left, and Nancy Johnson showed off some pumpkin-looking squashes at their booth that sold one-of-a-kind handmade products at the 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival that took place Saturday at Hannam Park. They were one of the many vendors who were set up at the festival's flea/farmers' market area.

New Gold presentation

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Sam Odrowski

New Gold mine planner Bryan Strahl attended St. Francis School here last Thursday to teach Grade 4 students about the mine, its impacts, and effects on the environment. Our Lady of the Way students also sat in on the presentation via videoconference and asked questions.

Drill bit

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St. Francis student Madelyn Dent, with the help of New Gold mine planner Bryan Strahl, used all her might to lift one of New Gold's drill bits off the ground to feel its heaviness. Strahl brought different rocks and pieces of equipment to educate the students, as well as give them a hand's-on view of what goes on at the local mine.

Decorated pumpkin

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Ellie Yeo-Forsyth landed first place in the best decorated pumpkin in the junior category, taking home $30 for her colourfully-decorated pig princess themed pumpkin.

Photo backdrop

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Sam Odrowski

Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival vice-president Donna Wolanicki, left, and president Valerie Leininger were all smiles on Saturday under the big tent at Hannam Park. They are seated next to two scarecrows that were donated by Riverview School. The local day care centre and high school also donated painted signs and decor to the family-friendly event.

Trio of calves

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Sam Odrowski

A trio of calves sat mooing in their pens as they waited to be brought through the ring at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday put on by the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association. More than 1,600 head of cattle went through the ring, generating almost $2-million overall.